As parents prepare for the return of school, they are being reminded to check their children’s immunisations for conditions such meningococcal, measles, and tetanus are up to date.
Immunising against harmful, contagious but vaccine preventable diseases, protects the health of Australian families and communities.
Minister for Health and Aged Care Greg Hunt desired Australia as a “vaccination nation,” and encouraged families to prioritise their child’s immunisation.
“The first three quarters of 2020 saw record results of child immunisation for one year olds, two year olds and five year olds, which is a terrific reflection on Australian families and their dedication to prioritising their children’s health,” Hunt said.
“COVID-19 vaccines will be made available over coming months once they are approved for use by the independent Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), however it’s critical we protect our children from other harmful, contagious but vaccine preventable diseases now, through immunisation.”
Minister for Education and Youth Alan Tudge added that 2020 showed the importance of the health of families, children and communities.
“Around Australia, more than 330,000 students will start school for the first time in 2021 and around 4 million students returning to school,” Tudge said.
“I encourage all families to get routine vaccinations for their children against diseases like measles, mumps, rubella, polio and tetanus before school gates open. Not vaccinating, puts their own child at risk, but it risks the health and safety of other children too.”
In addition, Minister for Government Services Stuart Roberts highlighted that families can check their child’s immunisation history online through the Medicare online account on myGov and the Express Plus Medicare app.
“I urge all families who already receive or plan to claim family assistance payments this year to check their child’s immunisation history,” he said.